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October 3, 2007

Lexicon alert!

We were cruising blog entries that mention Bruce Ratner, and came across an interesting coinage on the Chowhound message board:

Best 75 cent cup of coffee...

To me, enjoying a coffee need not involve an over-caffeinated, steroid-sized cup of status symbol. Despite the Ratnerization of this fair isle, there are still some decent brews available for 75 or even 60 cents -- and much respect due to any cafe or bodega owner engaged in such culinary-economic resistance. My favorite is Mei Lai Wah Coffeehouse at 64 Bayard Street.

The word "Manhattanization" has long been used to describe Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards megaproject. But this is the first time we've heard "Ratnernization" — and used to describe Manhattan to boot!

rat • ner • i • za • tion
Pronunciation: \ˌrat-ˌnər-ˈzā-shən, -bə-\
Function: noun Date: 2007

1 : the process of using eminent domain and public subsidies to overdevelop a neighborhood with soulless high-rises and box stores.

Posted by lumi at October 3, 2007 1:05 PM